The reason a dog / has so many friends / is because he wags his tail instead of his tongue
Our mornings are starting to look lot like this:
Rather, since I’ve been under the weather, our whole days are becoming dangerously lazy and the apartment is full of dog hair tumbleweeds. We needed to let out some pent up energy, so the dogs made a couple of big trips with us this week. On Thursday, we made an appointment to see a vet in Busan, a larger city about an hour and a half away, to have the dogs tested for distemper and parvovirus antibodies. This is important in Korea as these diseases are much more prevalent and dangerous than the US, so we need to check their levels to see if they need booster shots.
The lovely vet clinic in Busan is geared toward expats in the area, and sweet Dr. Mina does a great job and just loved our little Minnie. Minnie is having the last laugh at all our stateside friends and family because all of you think Murray is so adorable, but here she is preferred the world over compared to Murray! She has greeted nice men in the elevator, swooned two year olds into giving her bread, and even got the vet to call her “cute and fat”. We’re working on amping up the exercise, but we still love every chunk of our sweet girl.
Minnie all bandaged up, and Murray, who is truly an urban dog after stepping in gum on the sidewalk in Busan. And then getting it on the car seat cover.
The in-house animals were not as large or “muscular” as Dr. Mina liked to call Minnie, but nonetheless were incredibly entertaining. The front desk pooch attempted to bully Minnie and Murray back out to the sidewalk and spent the rest of its time terrorizing the pant leg of the vet tech. The only thing that made this situation laughable was that the dog weighed about 10 pounds, was missing some of its teeth and had multicolored hair barrettes in its front pouf. Then we met a cat named Darth Vader, who was just hysterical to look at, and presided over our entire exam visit. He literally sat on Dr. Mina’s desk while the dogs were examined and had blood drawn. All in all, we were glad we went, especially because we found out that Murray’s levels are not fully protective and he needs another DHPP shot before they go to boarding for our first trip away.
Not sure if it’s a he or she, but yappy dog terrorizes M&M. And Darth Vader silently laughs with his feigned superiority, and an orange hair clip to boot.
To compensate for the poking and prodding and being cooped up all week, we decided to check out Ulsan’s one and only dog park this morning. After a 30 minute drive, we found ourselves at the gate where we paid an entrance fee for each dog of 2,000 won, or just less than $2. Off through the lime green fences we went, only to find that the large dog area of the off-leash park was about half the size of the small dog area, obviously catering to the locals. The small dog area was filled with yappy, costumed, stuffed-animal sized creatures, including a bumble bee, dogs in matching prison stripes and even a winter hat.
Look Mom, we’re at the dog park!
The large dog area contained some agility equipment and a “pool” for the summer months, but the pool is disappointingly small. Regardless, the dogs had a blast finally getting some space to run around, even if that meant unknowingly running through the litter pit, aka sand box. Most Korean dogs are trained to go potty in the house, so I suppose a sand pit is required to encourage waste deposits. This also probably explains why we don’t see any Korean-owned dogs out when we do our rounds at the apartment complex each day.
Enjoying the sunshine and FREEDOM!
Minnie’s new “friend”, who just stopped over to take a number 2 and then ran away. Good, we didn’t like your silly hat anyway.
Minnie quite surprisingly took to the agility equipment and learned a couple new skills. Maybe she took to heart Dr. Mina’s words. Murray just loved the half deflated soccer ball. They even made a new friend or two over the fence, and had lots of Koreans pointing and excitedly talking about them. One man even came to ask what “species” Murray was and was very interested to know he is part chow chow. We were happy to see some of the first positive reactions to the dogs since we arrived in Korea.
Enjoying some play time and water at the dog park.
Minnie working on her jumping skills!
If that wasn’t spoilage enough, the kiddos got to go with us to a human gathering tonight at one of J’s coworker’s houses. This couple was showcasing some photos of a recent adventure to Nepal over some appetizers and adult beverages and it was my first chance to meet some of the other company folks living in Ulsan. The party hosts are lucky enough to have scored a “bungalow” living arrangement with their own yard and full-sized dishwasher! They also have a miniature Schnauzer/Jack Russell mix named Austin who really enjoyed wrestling with Minnie and Murray, and I think his mom was happy for the exercise. We are excited to have a new doggie friend and can’t wait for our next play time! For now, we’re gonna take a well-earned snooze … and hopefully the furry ones will snooze all day tomorrow too!